Dr. Imran Khan Glasgow is a native of Peshawar in Pakistan. He attended school in his native country completing all of the medical undergraduate studies including his medical school in the same region. After much research and deliberation, he decided that doing his medical training in the United Kingdom was the path that he wanted to take and made the move there in pursuit of this high-end medical training.
Dr. Khan was fortunate enough to get hired for the specialist training position he wanted. He was hired to train in Otorhinolaryngology for the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region. In United Kingdom this is a very competitive specialty to be accepted into for training.
During his training, Dr. Khan was recognized for publishing over forty articles presented in medical journals and has over sixty presentations in national and international conferences. He earned his Master’s Degree in advanced surgical practice from the Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales as he continued his studies.
At the end of Dr. Khan’s training, he passed his fellowship exam, which is what is required to be able to practice in the United Kingdom. Prior to this he had successfully completed his membership exam and received his Otorhinolaryngology diploma. Dr. Imran Khan Glasgow has been actively involved in teaching medical students at the University of Glasgow. He was also an examiner there as well. Dr. Khan is currently working as a consultant in the city of Sterling, Scotland about thirty miles from Glasgow.
How did you get started in Otorhinolaryngology? What inspired you to do so?
My main inspiration is my father who was a surgeon. I saw his dedication and commitment to his specialty. I admired the way he used to treat his patients and the way his patients responded to him with love and admiration. I really appreciated that. He showed me that if you are passionate about your job you get a lot in return, especially from your patients.
What are your strengths?
I think my strengths are that I have no fear of hard work to achieve the goals that I have set for myself. I am a very dedicated person and I work well with a team. I get along with my colleagues very well.
What is your proudest achievement?
I am proud that I have accomplished the goal that I set for myself when I came to the United Kingdom. I wanted to train in the specialty of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT). I have had that opportunity and have achieved that. I am also a very proud father of three children. I am a single parent. My children are my pride and joy.
When you first started out did you ever doubt that this would work for you? If so, how did you handle it?
There were some doubts because Otorhinolaryngology is an extremely competitive specialty to get into, especially if you are a foreign graduate. I had to put in a lot of effort in order to get into a training program in the United Kingdom. I have to give credit to my better half at the time. My wife really supported me and lifted my spirit. Ultimately, it was my sheer determination and perseverance that soothed my doubts. Perseverance is what will bring anyone through doubt.
How did you get your first patient?
When you work at a hospital in United Kingdom you get referred patients. When you work for the National Health Service patients are referred from general practitioners. This is the normal route where you end-up seeing patients.
What is one marketing strategy to generate new business?
I think the best marketing strategy is to keep close personal relationships with your colleagues. I believe that is enough marketing in itself. The word gets around when you keep in touch with colleagues and sharing a mutual respect for one another. I believe you should stay humble and hard working.
What do you think makes you successful?
It is hard work, dedication, and commitment to your work. As well as respecting your colleagues and the teams that you work with. I believe that these are the keys for anyone to become successful in any field that they may choose.
What has been your most satisfying moment in your career?
The most satisfying moment in my career was when I finished my training and realized that I had multiple job offers. This was even before I began to fill out applications. I knew the hard work paid off in the end. I knew that I had made it and had done good. It just proves the point that if you are committed to achieving something it does come around.
What does the future hold for you and your career? What are you most excited about?
My main goal is to improve Otorhinolaryngology services in the division where I am currently working. At the same time, I want to keep actively involved in teaching students in medical school. Teaching is something that I am really passionate about. I have always been very actively involved in medical research. Research is another passion of mine and I am hoping to be able to continue to contribute to medical research in the future.
What books have inspired you that you would recommend?
I don’t really get my inspiration in that manner. I am a man of faith. When I read books regarding faith it is always inspirational because you are taught to appreciate whatever you have. You are encouraged to help people who are not as fortunate. Across all faiths, it teaches you to be grateful for all that you have and to help people who are less fortunate.
What is one purchase that you made to help with your career?
The practice of medicine has come a long way. With the introduction of robotics to surgery. I think the sky is the limit. Probably that will be the one purchase which will have a massive impact on my practice, but it will have to wait for the time being as requires significant funding.